EgyptAir to receive second next-generation Boeing plane: news agency

EgyptAir is scheduled to receive on Sunday the second B737-800 aircraft of a nine-plane deal with Boeing to update its fleet, state news agency MENA reported.

The national flag carrier signed the deal with Boeing worth $864 million in July 2016 and has already received the first next-generation passenger plane, for which it paid in full.

Last week, an EgyptAir team departed for the U.S. city of Seattle to receive and inspect the aircraft and finalise the paperwork.

Egypt will purchase the second B737-800 aircraft, along with the seven remaining planes, through a 12-year leasing system by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).

The remaining planes are expected to reach Egypt by the end of this year.

The addition of nine 737-800 Next-Generation (NG) planes to the 20 craft EgyptAir currently operates will make 737-800NGs the largest single-aisle aircraft type in the carrier’s fleet.

The Boeing 737-800NG is known for its fuel efficiency and lower maintenance and operating costs.

Egypt has acquired over 60 Boeing planes since 1966.

Source: Ahram online